Wallabies coach Dave Rennie says his side won’t earn the respect of Australians with their latest performance against the Pumas.
Argentina walloped Australia 48-17 to end the visiting side’s five-game winning streak in The Rugby Championship.
After their 41-26 win in round one, a heavily depleted Australia were no match for Michael Cheika’s Argentina who steamrolled their way to the top of the table.
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The Wallabies were thumped 48-17 by Argentina. (Getty)
It was one-way traffic from the outset as Argentina opened the scoring in the opening minute of the match.
Less than five minutes later and they were over the chalk again.
Argentina led 26-10 at halftime before blowing the lead out, adding 22 points to their tally courtesy of three tries while Australia only crossed the line once more.
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The home side added salt to the wounds with a try after the hooter had gone, sending Estadio Bicentenario into raptures.
“Massive disappointment,” said Rennie.
“It’s not good enough. We conceded four tries with kicks in behind us. Certainly got dominated in the collision area.
Captain Pablo Matera of Argentina and teammates celebrate after winning a Rugby Championship match between Argentina and Australian at San Juan del Bicentenario Stadium (Getty)
“[We] created plenty of opportunities but we’ve got to be patient. [Taking] a ruck is not a disaster, just not clinical enough.
“We definitely lacked cohesion didn’t we? There were a few changes.
“Obviously we’ll look at the footage, but we’re better than that.
“It’s a massive disappointment. [We] certainly want to earn the respect of the country and you don’t do it with performances like that.”
The Wallabies came into the second round fixture without several key playmakers.
Folau Fainga’a was added to the injury list on Friday after he suffered a concussion in training, following Dave Porecki and Hunter Paisami out of the squad with head injuries.
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The team was also without Quade Cooper after he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the opening match.
Allan Ala’alatoa flew home following the first Test due to a family bereavement while Michael Hooper is on leave to focus on his mental health.
While Rennie conceded the team wasn’t at full fitness, he said the expectation was still high going into the game.
“We had a good enough side on the paddock tonight to do the job,” said Rennie.
“We gave them a few soft points early on, fought our way back into it. We’ve got to be better.
Players of Australia look dejected after losing a Rugby Championship match between Argentina and Australia (Getty)
“While I know we’ll get a few guys back, whoever puts the jersey on needs to front. We weren’t good enough today.”
Captain James Slipper wasn’t as terse in his assessment but admitted he is keen to return home.
“Clearly disappointed,” said Slipper.
“Off the back of a good performance last week we really wanted to back it up. Probably fell short of standards today.
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“I thought the Argentinians were pretty good today. They got the momentum behind the crowd and they were a tough team to play catch-up footy against. Full credit goes to them, they were tough.
“I think every team (in the Rugby Championship) has won one now. We’re excited about getting home. It’s been a really tough tour for us. We’ve got the South Africans twice at home now and we’re looking forward to that back playing in front of our fans.”
The next Wallabies fixture will see them face the Springboks on August 27 in Adelaide while the All Blacks will face the Pumas in Christchurch.
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